Health Checkups

With the flurry of everyday life, it’s no wonder our health often takes a backseat to other concerns. But a preventive visit to the doctor now may help you avoid problems down the road.

Alaska Regional encourages you to take a moment to contact your healthcare provider and schedule a checkup today.  Don’t have a doctor? Call our FREE Physician Referral Service at 264-1722 (local) or 1-888-254-7884 (toll-free) and request a doctor by specialty, location or health insurance acceptance.

In addition to a flu shot and other adult immunizations, we recommend that both men and women have the following health screenings:

Blood Pressure – You may be at risk for stroke, heart and kidney disease if your blood pressure is too high. Check every year.

Cholesterol – High levels can lead to a heart attack and other cardiac diseases. Check at least every 5 years or annually if you are at risk.

Colorectal Cancer – Preventative screenings find pre-cancerous growths and can catch this cancer early. Start testing at age 50; earlier if you have risk factors.

Diabetes – Without treatment, this disease can be life threatening. A blood sugar test detects it early. Test every 3 years starting at age 45; earlier if you have risk factors.

Skin Cancer – This is the most common of all cancers, but it can almost always be cured if caught early. Monthly self-exams and yearly skin exams by a doctor, at every age.

Additional tests for Men:

Prostate Exam – Two tests detect cancer early; prostate specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal examination (DRE). If you are at risk, start testing at age 50.

Testicular Cancer  – Regular exams can detect painless lumps that could indicate cancer. Do self-exams monthly. Physician examination during your annual checkup.

Additional tests for Women:

Cervical Cancer – Pap tests can detect this cancer early and HPV tests reduce the risk. Regular tests, at least every 3 years after becoming sexually active.

Breast Cancer – Mammograms enable cancer treatment during early stages, when it is most effective. Yearly exams for all women age 40 and older.

Email audry.patrick@hcahealthcare.com> with your name and mailing address to request a free “Ten Health Tests for Men & Women” bookmark.

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One Response to “Health Checkups”

  1. September 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    I most def support Breast Cancer Awareness my older ciousn is a survivor and a friend of mine lost her Grandmother last year in a fight against breast cancer. I will be rocking pink all month